The Science-Fiction Book Club …


… as a youngster in the 1950’s and early 1960’s, I was a big science fiction fan … both books and movies …

… and was a member of the Science-Fiction (yes, they hyphenated it in those days) Book Club

… which provided me with the visions of such Sci-Fi luminaries as the “Big 3” of science fiction … Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke & Robert Heinlein

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke

Robert Heinlein

Robert Heinlein

Poul Anderson, Ray Bradbury, John Christopher, Theodore Sturgeon, A. E. van Vogt

… and many others …

… all of whom fired my imagination regarding outer space, space (and time) travel and interstellar adventure.

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One bonus of membership in the S-F Book Club was being provided with a MOON TOUR RESERVATION card that “certified” that I was “among the first to apply for a reservation on a trip to the moon” …

… a card which (like the S-F Book Club books) I still have nearly 60 years after receiving it …

Science-Fiction Book Club Moon Tour Reservation Card

Moon Tour Reservation Card

… though it is somewhat the worse for wear after having been carried for many years in my wallet!

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One other result of this early exposure to science fiction is my firm belief that we are not alone …

… and that there is other intelligent life somewhere in the universe …

Space

… if only we could find it.

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Which, in turn, resulted in my advising my wife and kids that if I ever just disappeared …

… it was because intelligent aliens had arrived and I had gone with them in their spaceship for travel to some distance planet!

Spaceship

I am also convinced that the day will come when, assuming we don’t exterminate ourselves first, humans will build their own interstellar spaceships …

… and will travel to distant stars and planets …

… what an adventure that will be …

… though sadly I will not live to see it.

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This rumination was motivated today by a post on Facebook by my West Point classmate and friend Rich Estes

… about the Hubble Telescope

The Hubble Telescope

The Hubble Telescope

… and its 1996 study of what is called “the ultra deep field” …

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

http://all-that-is-interesting.com/important-image-captured-by-hubble

… and about which Rich commented, “Watch this then try to calculate the probability that we’re the only life, intelligent or otherwise, in the entire Universe.”

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I don’t even know how to begin making such a calculation …

… but remain confident that the day will come when humans make contact with or are contacted by intelligent beings …

… from another planet.

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The Science Fiction (no longer hyphenated) Book Club, by the way, is still around …

Science Fiction Book Club

Science Fiction Book Club

http://www.sfbc.com/

… and has its own Facebook page …

The Science Fiction Book Club on Facebook

The Science Fiction Book Club on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/ScienceFictionBookClub

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